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Long-Term Post-Fire Vegetation Recovery

Long-Term Post-Fire Vegetation Recovery

Edited by Andrew T. Hudak, Leda Kobziar, Karin L. Riley

Many large fires have burned in recent decades across western North America, and this trend is projected to continue as conditions become warmer and drier. Recovery processes have been studied more thoroughly 1-2 years post fire than in the longer term. Fuel and fire managers need better information on long-term post-fire ecosystem recovery, including plant community shifts, tree regeneration, and fuel accumulation.

This special collection is a compilation of papers that improves our understanding of long-term vegetation recovery processes approximately a decade after mixed-severity wildfires in the western US and Alaska.

  1. In seed-obligate conifer forests of the western US, land managers need a better understanding of the spatiotemporal variability in post-fire recovery to develop adaptation strategies. Successful establishment ...

    Authors: Robert A. Andrus, Christine A. Droske, Madeline C. Franz, Andrew T. Hudak, Leigh B. Lentile, Sarah A. Lewis, Penelope Morgan, Peter R. Robichaud and Arjan J. H. Meddens
    Citation: Fire Ecology 2022 18:29
  2. Fuel treatments are widely used to alter fuels in forested ecosystems to mitigate wildfire behavior and effects. However, few studies have examined long-term ecological effects of interacting fuel treatments (...

    Authors: Jessie M. Dodge, Eva K. Strand, Andrew T. Hudak, Benjamin C. Bright, Darcy H. Hammond and Beth A. Newingham
    Citation: Fire Ecology 2019 15:40
  3. Fire has historically been a primary control on succession and vegetation dynamics in boreal systems, although modern changing climate is potentially increasing fire size and frequency. Large, often remote fir...

    Authors: Darcy H. Hammond, Eva K. Strand, Andrew T. Hudak and Beth A. Newingham
    Citation: Fire Ecology 2019 15:32
  4. Wildfire is an important ecological process in mixed conifer forests of the Intermountain West region of the USA. However, researchers and managers are concerned because climate warming has led to increased fi...

    Authors: Eva K. Strand, Kevin L. Satterberg, Andrew T. Hudak, John Byrne, Azad Henareh Khalyani and Alistair M. S. Smith
    Citation: Fire Ecology 2019 15:25
  5. Straw mulching is one of the most common treatments applied immediately post fire to reduce soil erosion potential and mitigate post-fire effects on water quality, downstream property, and infrastructure, but ...

    Authors: Jonathan D. Bontrager, Penelope Morgan, Andrew T. Hudak and Peter R. Robichaud
    Citation: Fire Ecology 2019 15:22
  6. Short-term post-fire field studies have shown that native shrub cover in chaparral ecosystems negatively affects introduced cover, which is influenced by burn severity, elevation, aspect, and climate. Using th...

    Authors: April G. Smith, Beth A. Newingham, Andrew T. Hudak and Benjamin C. Bright
    Citation: Fire Ecology 2019 15:12
  7. Few studies have examined post-fire vegetation recovery in temperate forest ecosystems with Landsat time series analysis. We analyzed time series of Normalized Burn Ratio (NBR) derived from LandTrendr spectral...

    Authors: Benjamin C. Bright, Andrew T. Hudak, Robert E. Kennedy, Justin D. Braaten and Azad Henareh Khalyani
    Citation: Fire Ecology 2019 15:8